The Other McCain

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The Usual Suspects

Posted on | July 27, 2020 | 2 Comments


There is no problem in the world that cannot be blamed on racism, and therefore we know how to solve all the world’s problems:

  1. Tear down statues of Christopher Columbus;
  2. Loot the local Walgreen’s during a “mostly peaceful” protest;
  3. Hold a CNN Town Hall with Greta Thunberg;
  4. Vote Democrat.

Perhaps you might criticize this solution as illogical, but that’s because you’re a racist and logic is a tool of white supremacy.

Anyone expecting facts and logic from the #BlackLivesMatter movement is doomed to be disappointed. What the movement is about — other than making the organizers rich from corporate contributions — is promoting a political narrative to help elect Democrats by appealing to raw emotion. On the one hand, affluent bien-pensant white women are able to assauge their sense of personal guilt by masochistic rituals of self-denunciation. On the other hand, black people are encouraged to vent their frustration, resentment and rage through “mostly peaceful” protests and (of course) voting for Democrats. As I’ve said before, these “protests” are actually Joe Biden campaign rallies, because outside the context of election-year politics, we wouldn’t be having all these suburban punk anarchists running wild in Portland and Seattle (which are, by the way, two of the whitest major cities in the United States). Because the media are so dedicated to the partisan project of preventing President Trump’s re-election, the public is being bombarded with atrocity propaganda, intended to “energize” Democrat voters by portraying black people as victims of “systemic racism.” If we do not push back against this propaganda, our silence implies that we agree with the Democratic Party’s message: White people are evil. Police are racist murderers.

And thus there is a need to talk about overlooked facts:

Racism did not kill Breonna Taylor. She did not die from prejudice or discrimination. Her death was not caused by Confederate monuments or statues of Christopher Columbus, nor could her death have been prevented by social-media hashtags. If you don’t know who Breonna Taylor was, the short version of the story is that the 26-year-old was shot to death March 13 by police in Louisville, Kentucky, during a drug raid. The long version of the story is rather more complicated, but Taylor’s death has been reduced to a slogan (“Justice for Breonna”) by the #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) protest movement.
Like so many other police shootings seized upon by this movement, BLM activists are interested in promoting a political narrative that ignores specific details of Taylor’s death. Most of the movement’s supporters have probably never looked past the slogan-sized condensed version of the story — an unarmed black woman killed in her own home by white cops — to ask whether racism had anything to do with her death. Certainly the national media have not sought to determine whether the facts of this cause célèbre support the BLM movement’s mythology of “systemic racism” as the one-size-fits-all explanation for police shootings. Fear of being targeted by “cancel culture” plays a role in silencing all criticism of the movement, and therefore no one (no, not even Tucker Carlson) has questioned the BLM narrative of Breonna Taylor’s death. . . .

Read the rest of my latest column at The American Spectator.



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